Worldwide Bi-Metallic Collectors Club

WBCC Newsmail 201, Volume 5, June 17, 2000
Composed with help from members of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club (WBCC)
and weekly published by Martin Peeters, Netherlands,
Focal Point of the WBCC, martinp@westbrabant.net
Dear WBCC members and non WBCC members,

Again a great WBCC Newsmail this week, with of course new Bi-metallics to
report. I hope you enjoy reading it !!

1. New WBCC members..by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

We have a new member. Let me introduce him to you:

Name: Alan Smithies (WBCC member #176), England
E-mail: roman@asmithies.fsnet.co.uk
Age: 53
Profession: Electronics workshop manager.
Hobby: Coins, fishing and treasure hunting (with a metal detector.)
Goal: to get as many different bi-metallic coins as I can

2. WBCC and ANA..........by Martin Peeters, WBCC Focal Point

The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club will attend the ANA World's Fair
of Money® in Philadelphia held from August 9-13, 2000. WBCC member Ray
Lockwood has the possiblity to get all the arrangments we need to expose the
WBCC to the USA numismatic communities, coindealers and the US public. Ray
is now the WBCC Focal Point ANA Convention 2000. The WBCC ANA member number
is C185724. The annual dues are $29.00 which Ray has paid.


simply send Ray a FREE-WILL DONATION! Thanks!  If you want to know about it
or make an donation,  just E-mail Ray: sunray@comteck.com

3. Bi-metallic from Chile.........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In the Chile Bank Homepage: http://www.bcentral.cl/, I could read about the
new Chile Bi-metallic 500 Peso 2000. Unfortunally it is in Spanish language,
but WBCC member Manuel Gonzalez of Spain did make an translation:

Metal: Bimetallic
Center: 95% Copper, 5% Aluminum
Ring: 70% Copper, 15% Nickel, 15% Zinc
500 Weight: 6,5 grams
Diameter: 26 millimeters
Form: to Circulate
Edge: Grooved

Obverse: It Figures of the Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez, located to the
center of the nucleus and crowned with the sentence REPUBLIC DE CHILI in the
ring. Mint to the right in the nucleus. Laurels in the inferior part of the
Reverse: To the center of the nucleus and keeping the symmetry of the group,
the figure is read 500 and under her the word " PESOS " and the year of
coinage, surrounded by laurels in the ring. In the superior center of the
ring a star of five tips.

Information of presses
With the attendance of the president of the Central Bank, Carlos Massad, the
manager of the Division Administration and Development, Carlos Pereira, and
the Treasurer, Carlos Leiva was thrown the currency of 500 pesos officially.
The respective agreement of the issuing institute appeared published in
today's Official Newspaper.
The last on currencies in circulation were the current currencies
octogonales of $1 and $5 in 1992. The remaining currencies of $100, $50 and
$10 date of 1981.
The massive circulation of the new currency of $500 will take place starting
from the second pay period of August. From today and until that date a small
quantity of the new pieces will circulate for companies that require teams
that accept currencies to adapt.
The currency of 500 pesos is introduced in the country to substitute the
note of the same denomination whose cycle of life is inferior to one year,
in contrast with the currency whose useful life is superior to ten years.
This implies a smaller expense of approximately 1300 million pesos a year on
the average in next 10 years.
The currency of $500 will substitute gradually to the note of the same
denomination. The notes that are in circulation will continue effective
until their retirement as note in not well state. He/she is considered that
the note of $500 will continue still circulating frequently until
half-filled of the year 2002.
The dimensions of the currency of $500 as for diameter and alloy have
characteristic that differentiate it of the currencies in circulation in the
country as well as of those of the bordering countries. Also, the alloy is
adjusted to the legal disposition that establishes that the currencies
should have a minimum of 70 copper percent.
Their characteristics are bimetallic with a nucleus of 95 copper percent and
5 aluminum percent and a German nickel ring. Their diameter is of 26
millimeters, the weight of 6,5 grams. It is of circular form and the grooved
song. For the obverse it takes the Cardinal's image Raúl Silva Henríquez and
for the reverse, to the center of the nucleus, the figure 500 pesos. Bond
Direct Currency $500--

4. Bi-metallic Gibraltar 2 Pound 2000 (1)....by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

In the series of Gibraltar's Bi-metallic 2 Pound, "The Labours of Hercules",
now some of the 2000 dated are available. The following message I received
from the Pobjoy Mint:

The Hercules 2000 coins are now on the site. The ones available immediately
are Hippolyta's Girdle and the Cattle of Geryon. The Apples of Hesperides
will be available in September and the Capture of Cerberus will be available
in December.

--Remark WBCC Focal Point: In Pobjoy's Homepage is: (http://www.pobjoy.com)
only the 2000 dated Fine .999 silver with gold plated outer ring Hercules
Girdle coin in a box are available, price: £34.95. The NiBra/CuNi 2000 dated
pieces are available direct in Gibraltar from the bank.

5. Bi-metallic Gibraltar 2 Pound 2000 (2)....by Paul Baker, UK

The other day I got upto date with the "Labours of Hercules" Bi-metallic 2
Pouunds coin series of Gibraltar, which are made by the Pobjoy Mint.

I now have two varieties of the 1998 "Erymanthian Boar" type. I have one
piece with stylised "AA" above the "P" in "POUNDS" and mintmark "PM" above
the "S" in "POUNDS" - this is normal for the other 1998 to 2000 pieces. The
other variety, which I know of only for this "Erymanthian Boar" type
(KM-758) has the mintmark "PM" above the "P" in "POUNDS" and stylised "AA"
above the "S" in "POUNDS". Mintmark positions varieties often get sub-types
numbers in the SCWC (but not diemark position varieties).

There are two pieces of this series of 12 still to be issued.

6. Bi-metallic Canada 2 Dollar...by Kyle Mutcher, Canada

From WBCC member Kyle Mutcher, Canada, I received the message about a press
announcement about a new Canadian Bi-metallic 2 Dollar 2000.

The Press statement was in:
and say:

Attention News Editors:
Royal Canadian Mint announces Path of Knowledge 2000 $2 Coin

Ottawa, on, June 8 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mint has introduced the Path
of Knowledge - 2000 $2 Coin, depicting a female polar bear and two cubs.
Commemorative proof gold and silver collector versions of the 2000 $2 Coin
are available immediately. The 2000 $2 circulation coin will be officially
launched on July 1, 2000, during the biggest Canadian citizenship ceremony
ever at Downsview Park in Toronto where more than 2000 new Canadians will
receive the gift of Canada's newest $2 circulation coin from the Royal
Canadian Mint.
The coin is inscribed with Knowledge - Le Savoir, reflecting the experience,
wisdom, and knowledge that are passed down from generation to generation
creating an inexhaustible strength to carry on, explore and excel. Canadian
artist Tony Bianco created the design. The obverse of the coin features an
effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Canadian artist Dora de
Pédery-Hunt. The 2000 $2 coin is available in two commemorative collector
versions. With a limited mintage of 40,000 worldwide, the 2000 Millennium
Proof $2 Coin is made of sterling silver, features a 24 karat gold plated
inner core and is available for $24.95, US$16.95. The 2000 Millennium Gold
$2 Coin has a limited mintage of 5,000 and has a 22-karat gold inner core
with 4.1-karat gold outer ring.  It is available for $299.95, US$202.95.
Both the gold and silver $2 coins feature a proof finish with frosted relief
on a brilliant field.
The 2000 $2 coin is also available in Uncirculated sets for $15.95,
US$10.95, and in Specimen sets for $34.95, US$23.95. The $2 coin in the
Specimen set features a brilliant finish on the polar bear design, a frosted
finish on the lettering and a parallel finish on the field. The $2 coin in
the Uncirculated Set features a frosted relief on the polar bears, with a
brilliant uncirculated finish on all other relief and the field. The
commemorative collector $2 coins and the sets are available from the Royal
Canadian Mint's global network of coin dealers, or directly from the Mint by
calling 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US. The coins are
also available for purchase on line at www.rcmint.ca.
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting
and distribution of Canada's circulation coins. The Royal Canadian Mint is
recognised as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world,
offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and
related services on an international scale.

After a marked absence, the polar bear that has graced the $2 coin since
1996 emerges with her cubs on the Path of Knowledge - 2000 Millennium $2
Coin. The original 1996 design shows a single adult polar bear in early
summer on an ice floe. In 1999, the Polar Bear took a short holiday while
the Nunavut-1999 Millennium $2 Coin was introduced to celebrate the birth of
Canada's youngest territory on April 1, 1999.
Path on Knowledge - 2000 Millennium $ 2 coin
Reverse: Tony Bianco
Obverse: Dora de Pedery-Hunt
Circulation: aureate bronze inner core with nickel outer ring
Gold: 22 karat gold inner core with 4.1 karat gold outer ring
Sterling Silver: 92.5% sterling silver (inner core 22-karat gold plated)
Circulation: brilliant relief and background
Gold and Sterling Silver:  Proof (frosted relief/brilliant background)
Circulation: quantity produced determined by demand
Gold: 10,000 worldwide
Sterling Silver: 40,000 worldwide
Gold and Sterling Silver versions include a numbered certificate of
For further information:  Pierre L. Morin, Tel:  (613) 993-9999, (613)
991-5342, Fax:  (613) 991-2628, (613) 797-9125 (cellular), Email:
morin@rcmint.ca. Visit the Royal Canadian Mint on the Internet at
http://www.rcmint.ca/. Archived images on this organization are available through
CNW E-Pix at www.newswire.ca. Images are free to members of The Canadian

7. Bi-metallic Dutch medals......by Fred De Schrevel, Netherlands

There are 2 new Bi-metallic medals made. Composition in Red/White colours
and White/Yellow colours. They are from the Dutch firm LWB Eindhoven in The
Netherlands, it is a partner firm of the German LWB (LeuchtstoffWerke
Breitungen). Both firms makes powders for inside a TV set. These medals
commemorates the partnership between LWB and their customers. Therse are 50
pieces (90 issued) in CopperNickel/Brass and 50 pieces (50 issued) in
Copper/CopperNickel available. They have a diameter of 30mm and are in UNC
quality, cost 12.50 Dutch Guilders (about 6 US$), postage not included.
Pictures can be seen in the WBCC Homepage:
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html. If you have
interest in these pieces juste send me an E-mail: quality@worldcoins.myweb.nl

8. Bi-metallic Overlays from.........by Ken Potter, USA

If you look in the WBCC Homepage
http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html you will see some
Bi-metallic overnlays. While making my rounds of coin local shops, I found
18 pieces of Franklin  Mint "Egyption Museum" medals that are 45 mm in
diameter, edgemarked as "Gold Electroplate On Sterling," weigh 32 grams
sterling, and are dated (as an edgemark) 1977 or 1978.  All appear to depict
treasaures that can be found in the museum that is located in Cairo. I have
no information on the mintage or if this is a complete or partial set. I
wondering if anybody has any of this information? I have scanned the
reverses. They also can be viewed here:
PS: The set is for sale at $216.00 plus postage.

9. New Bi- or Tri-metallic images....by Rod Sell, WBCC Homepage Provider

This weeks new pictures in the WBCC Homepage:

* Mexico 2000  5 Peso
* US OK Vender Token
* Canadian Encased 1947 1 cent
* Netherlands  Generale Bank Maastricht Token
* Egyptian Museum, Cairo, 45mm  bimetallic gold inlay
* Netherlands LWB Eindhoven Tokens
* Chile 2000 500 Pesos.  Image from Central Bank of Chile.
* Switzerland encased 5 Rappen
* Canada 2000 $2
* Canada 2000 2$ Proof
* Canada clashed die  with X60 showing the crown imprint
* Canada Normal $2 of 1996
* Canada Extra Mountain $2 1996
* Canada Extra Mountain varieties
* Casino Magic Biloxi MS $10 Silver Strike- Mardi Gras
* Treasure Chest Kenner LA $10 Silver Strike - Steam Boat
* Germany Albert King of Sachsen 1889 encased medal
* Mexico 2000 1 Peso
* Mexico 2000 2 Peso

10. Bi-metallic Euros from Italy..by Fabio Guerrieri, Italy

I have some new Bi-metallic Euros from Italy. Please read the list with

* 1 Euro Borboni two pieces, 10.00$
* 1 Euro Ordine de Malta SMOM, 7.00$
* 1 Euro Lavandai,  5.00$
* 1 Euro Scuola Materna (minted 500 pieces), 7.00$
* 1 Euro Milan 1999, new type,  4.00$
Also available:
* San Marino 1000 Lire  2000, circulation, 1.50$
* SanMarino  500 Lire 2000 only in Mint Set !! 25.00$
* Vatican, 1000 Lire 1999 only in Mint set, for circulation has been issued
only the 500Lire 1999

11. Bi-metallics from Mexico..... by Hartmut Schoenawa, Germany

I have the following Bi-metallic coins new in stock for sale from Mexico:

* 1 Peso 2000, steel/brass, DM 1,95 / Euro 1,00 / US$ 0,95
* 2 Pesos 2000, steel/brass, DM 3,91 / Euro 2,00 / US$ 1,90
* 5 Pesos 1999, steel/brass, DM 5,87 / Euro 3,00 / US$ 2,85
* 10 Pesos 1998, brass/KN, DM 9,78 / EURO 5,00 / US$ 4,75
* 10 Pesos 2000, brass/KN, DM 11,73 / EURO 6,00 / US$ 5,70
* 20 Pesos 2000, brass/KN, DM 23,47 / EURO 12,00 / US$ 11,40

The "10 Peso ANO 2000" does NOT show the value in words "DIEZ PESOS",
but the value is replaced by the written date "ANO 2000", otherwise
similar to normal issue.
The "20 Pesos ANO 2000" shows a head of the person and an inscription in
spanish language and the sign of that person below his head. On edge
with inscription "ANO 2000".
The last two are only small quantities in stock.
All prices including german sales tax, but additional postage to you.
Export outside EU will be reduced by tax.

Hartmut Schoenawa
Ostlandstrasse 12
D 38315  Werlaburgdorf
E-mail: Hartmut.Schoenawa@t-online.de>

12. Coin World article...........by Martin Peeters, Netherlands

Copyright story reprinted by permission of Amos Press Inc. from the June 6,
2000 issue of Coin World, Sidney, OH.

British get to vote on coin design
Commemorative £2 coin to honor radio transmission

For the first time in the history of the British Royal Mint, the public's
input is being sought to select one of three designs for a 2001
commemorative £2 coin.

The ringed bimetallic coin - composed of a nickel-brass outer ring and a
copper-nickel insert - will mark the centenary of Guglielmo Marconi's first
long-distance wireless transmission from Cornwall to Newfoundland.

Votes can be entered until June 16 from the BRM Web site at
www.royalmint.com. U.S. law prohibits U.S. residents  from taking part in
the voting.

The coin will be the same size and shape as the bimetallic £2 coins now in
circulation and, like them, will bear on the obverse the portrait of Queen
Elizabeth II. For the reverse, the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the
design of coins has decided to canvass the views of the public on three
drawings by different artists.

The public is being asked to indicate which of the three designs they would
prefer. The committee will consider those views before it makes its final
The words wireless bridges the atlantic will appear with the usual milling
around the edge.

Design A is about Marconi's tremendous impact on 20th-century communication,
taking radio waves as its theme, both in the center and in the outer border.
A spark of electricity linking the 0's of the date represents the generation
of the signal that was transmitted across the Atlantic.

Design B represents the confirmation of Marconi's view that radio waves
would follow the curvature of the Earth. The signal of three dots that
formed the first transmission is shown.

Design C depicts a young Marconi at the right while his vision of bridging
the Atlantic Ocean by wireless appears before him. On part of the inner
circle is the signal of three dots, while a radio wave balances the

The names of all those who take part in the voting by completing the
information at the Web site will be entered in a prize drawing. Ten winners
will each receive a 2000 gold bullion sovereign, while 25 runners-up will
receive a Millennium crown struck by the Mint on a coining press installed
at the Millennium Dome.

THE PUBLIC may vote on which of three designs they prefer for the 2001 £2
coin commemorating Guglielmo Marconi.

-- Remark WBCC Focal Point: This
WBCC Newsmail 198, Volume 5, May 27, 2000, item 8

"See" you next weeks,
Martin Peeters, Focal Point of the
Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
The Worldwide Bi-metallic Collectors Club
was established September 14, 1996 and is the very first Worldwide
Collectors Club using the Internet. Goal of the WBCC is exchange
Bi-metallics and exchange knowledge about Bi-metallics
WBCC Organisation:
WBCC Homepage Provider: Rod Sell, Australia, Rod.Sell@elderwyn.com
WBCC DoCu-Centre: Frans Dubois, Netherlands, dubois.f@wxs.nl
WBCC Public Relations: Cliff Anderson, USA, chander@mciworld.com
WBCC Research Centre: Paul Baker, UK, 113076.167@compuserve.com
WBCC Developement Centre, Jack Hepler, USA, leslie.j.hepler@saic.com
WBCC Focal Point ANA 2000 Convention, Ray Lockwood, USA, sunray@comteck.com
WBCC Focal Point: Martin Peeters, Netherlands, martinp@westbrabant.net